The Force of Things: an Opera for Objects

Arts at the Core

Collaboration is a cornerstone of our programmatic vision.

We are working for the Hop to be a driver of interdisciplinary connections across campus—enriching disparate areas of study through the arts and supporting an arts-infused network of students, faculty and artists.

When we invest in longer term creative residencies, artists are able to connect deeply with academic departments and offer more meaningful experiences for our students. Their performances can serve as a springboard for learning, whether that is Ash Fure's immersive sonic installation on climate change, the Stratford Festival's innovative staging of Coriolanus, or a new dance by Urban Bush Women on memory, family and healing, being developed at the Hop this year.

Placing arts at the core of the liberal arts, also means we must create platforms for artists to share their novel approaches, make uncharted connections, and broaden the range of knowledge here at Dartmouth.



Convergence is a wide-ranging initiative that bridges the arts and sciences to address urgent societal challenges. The 2021 virtual symposium, held in partnership with the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities, rallied over 300 scholars, artists and students to share their interdisciplinary approaches to tackling climate change.

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Big Move: Pilobolus Workshop

Big Move

Launched in spring 2021, Big Move is a series of dance experiences and discussions that pairs inventive dance artists with wide-ranging areas of research here at Dartmouth. From astronomy to ecology to disability aesthetics, Big Move reveals the deeper connections between inquiry in the arts, humanities and sciences over the course of the coming year.

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Soo Min Kim in Dartmouth Opera Lab

Dartmouth Opera Lab

Dartmouth Opera Lab is an interdisciplinary incubator that expands how we think about opera by providing an intimate, accessible version of the art form. Since 2019, the lab has created performance opportunities with a focus on vocal instruction, dramatic interpretation and musical development.

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Curricular Connections

Curricular Connections

Curricular Connections enables faculty to integrate Hop performances and films into their course syllabi, by providing easily accessible and fully subsidized tickets for a class of students. It encourages experiential forms of learning and reduces financial barriers for students attending arts events.

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Straford Festival's Coriolanus

Past Programming

A landmark project with the Stratford Festival reveals the age old tensions that tear at the heart of democracy.

Bringing together innovative young composers with Dartmouth's world-renowned STEM faculty.

The Ritual of Breath Is the Rite to Resist
Responding to the murder of Eric Garner, this meditative and immersive work is a creative act of resistance.

Phil Hanlon at the 2019 Dartmouth Commencement

Arts at the Core of the Liberal Arts

“We aspire for every Dartmouth graduate to be an imaginative thinker and creative leader. This makes the arts an essential aspect of any liberal arts experience.” President Philip J. Hanlon, ’77.